Now hear this! NYU Skirball’s 2018-19 season is our best one yet, featuring over 60 unconventional, timely, and often controversial multidisciplinary works and events by some of the world’s leading artists, innovators, and provocateurs.

Highlights include the North American premiere of Jan Fabre’s monumental, 24-hour Mt. Olympus: to glorify the cult of tragedy; dance premieres from Kyle Abraham, luciana achugar, Boris Charmatz, and Bill T. Jones; the return of Elevator Repair Service‘s award-winning, eight-hour production of Gatz, and a two-week festival celebrating the 200th birthday of Karl Marx.

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Tickets will be on sale to members on June 11 and to the public on June 26.

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  • NYU Skirball’s season opens at MIDNIGHT on September 8 with an overnight storytelling marathon of And on the Thousandth Night … – the longest story ever told, presented by the U.K.’s Forced Entertainment
  • New York premiere of Forced Entertainment’s Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare, all 36 Shakespeare plays, starring everyday household objects and a wooden table
  • North American premiere of Belgian director Jan Fabre’s 24-hour performance marathon, Mount Olympus: to glorify the cult of tragedy, a graphic, Dionysian orgy of madness, murder and music
  • North American premiere of French choreographer Boris Charmatz’s 10,000 Gestures, co-presented by Crossing the Line Festival
  • Elevator Repair Service’s award-winning Gatz, based on The Great Gatsby, to play eight marathon performances
  • National Theater of Scotland presents the North American premiere of Adam, the true story of a transgender man’s fight across borders and genres, featuring a virtual choir of trans and non-binary individuals from across the world
  •  North American premiere of Milo Rau’s Five Easy Pieces probes the psyches of seven young child actors as they recount the story of a notorious child-killer
  •  New York premiere of Bill T. Jones’s Analogy/Abros: The Emigrant, Part III of his Analogy: A Trilogy
  •  Dance premieres from Stephen Petronio, luciana achugar, Tere O’Connor and Kyle Abraham 
  •  NYC premiere of Fantasque, a magical dance pageant with choreography by John Heginbotham and giant, fantastical puppets by Amy Trompetter
  • New York premiere of BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret, a unique blend of traditional circus, opera, dance and sound, from Québec’s Cirque Alfonse
  • In Conversation with Merce, curated by Rashaun Mitchell, celebrates the centenary of Merce Cunningham, one of America’s greatest choreographers
  • On Your Marx, a two-week, pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth, bicentennial commemoration of renowned philosopher Karl Marx, features theater, dance, parties, panels and choral work, including Ivo Dimchev’s P Project,which offers audiences cash for performances
  • 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising to be marked by special events, marches, panels and parties


NYU Skirball’s 2018-19 season will open at midnight on September 8, 2018 with an all-night storytelling marathon from the U.K.’s acclaimed Forced Entertainment theater company. The season will feature over 60 unconventional, timely and often controversial multidisciplinary works and events by some of the world’s leading provocateurs, innovators, artists and activists, and will include five marathon events, including the North American premiere of Ian Fabre’s monumental, 24-hour Mt. Olympus: to glorify the cult of tragedya two-week bicentennial festival honoring philosopher Karl Marx; dance premieres from acclaimed choreographers; award-winning theater, music, circus, and burlesque; a 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising; and the Elevator Repair Service’s award-winning, eight-hour production of Gatz.

The season will showcase diverse and cutting-edge international artists from Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Switzerland, Tonga, the U.K., Uruguay, and the United States, and will include five world premieres, five American premieres and seven New York premieres, running from September 8, 2018 – May 4, 2019.

“NYU Skirball is located in the heart of Greenwich Village, historically a center of resistance, dissent, free thinking and artistic richness. NYU Skirball’s 2018 season honors and reflects this legacy of protest by featuring works of diverse genres, cultures and perspectives, including a months-long commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising,” said Jay Wegman. “With this season’s mix of theater, dance and performance, we proudly embrace renegade artists and companies who are courageous, outrageous, and mind-blowing. After all, we are NYU’s largest classroom and we’re here to engage, provoke, and inspire.”

NYU Skirball 2018-19 Season



The NYU Skirball season opens with two New York premieres from Forced Entertainment, one of the U.K.’s most exciting experimental theater companies: And on the Thousandth Night…, an overnight fairytale of epic proportions, and Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare, a six-night retelling of the entire Shakespearean canon – with everyday household objects standing in for the Bard’s heroes and heroines.

Saturday, September 8

This may be the longest all-night bedtime story ever told. Inspired by the classic Tales of the Arabian Nights, the storytelling begins at midnight and continues until dawn, with never-ending tales that explore the relationship between a story, its storyteller, and its audience. Hysteria, absurd vulgarity and surprising tenderness combine to result in a constantly mutating story that encapsulates all the stories of the world.

Tuesday, September 11 – Sunday, September 16

A salt and pepper shaker for the king and queen. A ruler for the prince. A spoon for the servant. Lighter fluid for the Innkeeper. A water bottle for the messenger.

Condensed versions of each and every Shakespearean play are comically and lovingly retold, transformed by a “cast” of household objects into 36 intimate and lovingly made miniatures, played out on an everyday table-top.  The stories of the plays vividly come to life over six nights, as the act of storytelling and theater itself is celebrated.

Forced Entertainment is a U.K. -based theatre company founded in 1984. Touring and presenting their ground-breaking provocative performances across the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world, the group have sustained a unique, collaborative practice for more than thirty years, producing work that explores and often explodes the conventions of genre, narrative and theatre itself, drawing influence not just from drama but from dance, performance art, music culture and popular forms such as cabaret and stand-up.

Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

NYU Skirball presents two marathon performances of Bill. T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s acclaimed Analogy Trilogy. This is a rare opportunity to see the three parts of the Trilogy performed as a whole.  The complete Trilogy is made up of Dora: Tramontane; Lance: Pretty aka the Escape Artist; and Ambros: The Emigrant (in its New York City premiere).

Analogy Trilogy, inspired by W.G. Sebald’s “The Emigrants,” was created by Bill T. Jones, Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong, and his company, over the course of four years. It combines dance, theater and oral history in an investigation of memory, storytelling and form. Performed to live music composed by Nick Hallett, the complete trilogy searches for the connection between three varying stories, focusing on memory and the effect of events on the actions of individuals.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, founded in 1982, was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world. NYLA/Bill T. Jones  

Thursday, September 27 & Friday, September 28

For this highly ambitious piece, having its North American premiere, a 24-strong ensemble of dancers perform, in succession, 10,000 gestures – none repeated, every one unique. At once joyous and melancholy, ephemeral and unforgettable, 10,000 Gestures reinvents the language of dance in thrilling fashion.

French choreographer Boris Charmatz is widely celebrated for his experimental approach to contemporary dance. Since 2009, Charmatz has been the director of the Rennes & Brittany National Choreographic Centre, transforming it into the cutting-edge Museum of Dance (Musée de la danse). He has recently presented work to great acclaim at Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  

Co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s Crossing the Line Festival. Supported by the Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program.

Friday, October 12 & Saturday, October 13          

A New York premiere from Tere O’Connor, Long Run (2017) pushes the emotional content of O’Connor’s movement to new physical extremes, allowing time-based elements like polyrhythms, velocity, and duration to become major forces in the work, overtaking the eight performers as they struggle to bring their bodies into a state of calm.

Tere O’Connor is Artistic Director of Tere O’Connor Dance. He has created over 40 works for his company and toured these throughout the US, Europe, South America and Canada. He has created numerous commissioned works for international dance companies, solo works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jean Butler, and has received three Bessie Awards. The company’s performers and collaborators constitute a family of artists who are dedicated to expanding the potency of dance as a serious art form. For O’Connor, meaning is arrived at in collaboration with the audience and its endlessly diverse, referential world.  

Co-commissioned by NYU Skirball and Live Arts Bard, with additional commissioning support from the American Dance Festival.


A Two-Week 200th Birthday Festival for Karl Marx

October 17 – 28

“The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.” – Karl Marx

Taking these words to heart, NYU Skirball will present a pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth, two-week commemoration of the great philosopher’s 200th birthday. Admission to all performances is free: however, audiences will receive an invoice detailing the cost of every element of the production. They are then free to determine the worth of the production and donate accordingly thus enabling the artists to “earn money in order to live and write.”

Karl Marx (1818–83), revolutionary economist, philosopher and author of The Communist Manifesto, was one of the most influential figures of all time. Curated by Jay Wegman and inspired by Marxist writings on the perils of capitalism, class struggle, and socialism, the festival features works that represent aspects of Marx’s theories: P Project (the effects of capitalism); Labor Brujx (the oppression of the proletariat) and Non-Western (economics). Special events include an all-night dance party and reading of the Communist Manifesto, panels, talks by international philosophers, and the premiere of Choral Marx, a choral adaptation of Marx’s Manifesto.

Wednesday, October 17

P Project tests Marx’s theories on capitalism by offering audiences cold, hard cash in exchange for a performance. Ivo Dimchev is a Bulgarian performing artist, known internationally for his provocative and often controversial works of performance art. P Project (2012) is an escalating, interactive performance where actual cash fuels participation based on several P words, such as Piano, Pray, Pussy, Poetry, Poppers, and so on. The People will be offered several other opportunities to Participate in the P Project, for which they be Paid quite well.

Ivo Dimchev is a choreographer, visual artist, singer- songwriter from Bulgaria, now living in London.  His work is extreme and colorful mixtures of performance art, dance, theater, music, drawings and photography. Dimchev has created over 30 pieces, has received numerous international awards, and has presented his work across Europe, South America and North America. He is the founder and director of Bulgaria’s Humarts Foundation, organizes an annual competition for contemporary Bulgarian choreography, is an Artist in Residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels, and tours extensively. In 2014, he opened MOZEI in Sofia, Bulgaria, as an independent space for presenting contemporary art and music.

Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20

Labor Brujx, a world premiere, ritualizes the labor of the dancers, exposing it and then transcending it to unearth the powerful and primal magic brujx within them. As in all of achugar’s work it proposes DANCE as the necessary transformational healing for our time. Labor Brujx resists western assumptions of beauty and hierarchical order to set free a new feminist-post-civilized-decolonized self by freeing the dancers both of their role as worker in the power structure within the creative project and of the shame that they carry – as we do all in our society- of being animal sexual powerful instinctive creatures.

luciana achugar, a Brooklyn-based choreographer from Uruguay, has been making work in NYC and Uruguay independently and collaboratively since 1999. She is a two-time Bessie Award recipient and was nominated for a 2016 Bessie for Outstanding Production for her latest An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love. She was a 2017 Alpert Award recipient, a Guggenheim Fellow, Creative Capital Grantee and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grantee, amongst other accolades. She was one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch” and her Bessie Award- winning work PURO DESEO was named one of 2010 Time Out/NY’s “Best of Dance.” Her works also include The Pleasure Project and OTRO TEATRO.

Wednesday, October 24

This birthday party will feature a DJ spinning the finest Marxist tracks, plus readings from the masterworks Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto, performed by a revolving cast of thinkers, artists, Marxists and celebrities.

Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27

A NYC premiere set in the California Republic of 1848, Non-Western is a quick-change musical fantasy that plays with the tropes of the Western genre. Economic desires motivate its figures, from ranchero to coyote, all of whom are portrayed by the three members of My Barbarian in an unstable exchange of costumes, puppets, action figures and projections. Even as class drama drives the plot, the colonial situation confuses a Marxist analysis, and signals the kinds of appropriations and adaptations Marxist critique undergoes in the non-West. Songs include “Toward a Leftist Positionality” and “The Form of Personal Property.”

My Barbarian is a performance group made up of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade. Their work plays with social difficulties, theatricalizes historic problems, and imagines ways of being together. Since 2000, they have presented work in major venues internationally, in solo and group exhibitions, museum programs and theater festivals. They were included in two Performa Biennials, two California Biennials, the Biennale de Montréal, and the Whitney Biennial. They’ve received awards and fellowships from United States Artists, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Creative Capital, Art Matters, and the City of Los Angeles.

Sunday, October 28

Choral Marx is a singing adaptation of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s Manifesto for the Communist Party from 1848. It is a piece for mixed chorus — mixed not just in terms of gendered voice parts but also in terms of training and ability — made up of vocalists from both the contemporary music scene and socialist organizing communities, accompanied by an ensemble of five cellos and five flutes. It is an attempt to re-sound Marx and Engels’s critique of capitalism in 2018 and explore how the manifesto continues to resonate today.  

Ethan Philbrick is a composer and writer based in Brooklyn. He has recently completed his PhD in Performance Studies at New York University and has performed original work in New York at BRIC, SculptureCenter, Abrons Arts Center, and the Grey Art Gallery. His writing has been published in TDR, PAJ, Women and Performance, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and Movement Research Performance Journal. He currently teaches in the MFA in Performance + Performance Studies Program at Pratt Institute.

Saturday, November 10

“Majestic, exhausting and exhilarating – a hallucinatory vision of Homeric themes and character.  The electronic score was punctuated with ravishing arias, sung a cappella by a fabulous mezzo soprano, …  a night-time garden orgy.”  -The Guardian (U.K.)

Mount Olympus: to glorify the cult of tragedy (a 24-hour performance) is a graphic, 24-hour Dionysian orgy of madness, murder, and music — a hallucinatory vision of Homeric themes and characters, played by 27 performers, that come to life in one day and one night. It is the age of humanity, and the birth of tragedy in its most fundamental form: mutilation, obscenity and purification. Acclaimed Belgium director Jan Fabre’sAmerican premiere outlines stories and characters from Greek tragedy, wrenching open their flaws until they are left in tatters, smashed by violence, Homeric laughter and ecstasy. Mount Olympus is not a modernization of Greek tragedy. It is an investigation of the impossibility of representing that which mutilates us and makes us pure again.

Alongside tragedy, time also plays a leading role. What is time in the theater? What happens when time is stretched? Fabre intensifies the present moment, the eternal here and now of theater, in a maelstrom of images that pull the audience into a mode of temporal experience, a labyrinth of time. The performers speak a language punctuated by hesitations, silences and death rattles, a language that is sometimes just a scream. They allow Fabre to question the concept of time: What is time, in theater? What happens when time is stretched out, until it relaxes and unravels? Is this a sort of hallucination? A dream? What is it like to wallow in the swamp of insomnia?

Belgian director, multidisciplinary artist and choreographer Jan Fabre is one of the most versatile and provocative artists on the international stage, known for pushing boundaries of art and performance. Chaos and discipline, repetition and madness, metamorphosis and the anonymous are all indispensable ingredients in Fabre’s work. He makes a clean break with the conventions of contemporary theater by introducing the concept of ‘real-time performance’ – sometimes called ‘living installations’ – and explores radical choreographic possibilities as a means of resurrecting classical dance.

Friday, November 16 & Saturday, November 17

Fantasque, a NYC premiere, is an ebullient and magical pageant created by choreographer John Heginbotham and puppeteer Amy Trompetter. Giant puppets and human dancers join forces to create a fable of a battle of light and darkness, with a fantastical cast of characters featuring giant babies, blue angels, devils, rats, and a restaurant where the customers are tuxedo-wearing fish. Performed to live music composed by Ottorino Respighi, and adapted from piano pieces by Giaochino Rossini, Fantasque ruminates on morality and immorality as seen through a child’s eyes in a series of connected vignettes bound by an unconventional and tender merging of puppetry and dance.

John Heginbotham, a former member of Mark Morris Dance Group, founded Dance Heginbotham in 2011. The company has been presented and commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow, The Kennedy Center and The Joyce Theater, among others. In 2016, Dance Heginbotham toured to Southeast Asia with DanceMotion USASM, a cultural diplomacy initiative of the US Department of State. In 2017, it premiered Lola at The Kennedy Center, performing with world‐renowned violinist Joshua Bell and the NSO. Heginbotham’s recent freelance projects include Candide, Angels’ Share ; Oklahoma! ; and Isaac Mizrahi’s The Magic Flute . Heginbotham is a recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Amy Trompetter creates giant puppet operas, outdoor pageants, and hand puppet shows. She has led international communities in making large outdoor pageants and small mask theater and is founder of a puppet workshop and performing space, Redwing Blackbird Theater, in Rosendale, NY.

CIRQUE ALFONSE: BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret
Adult Circus
Thursday, January 3 & Friday, January 4

BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret, a New York premiere, is a bellyful of cheeky humor and brazen eccentricity. It’s a circus of exceptionally strong men and women, delivering edge-of-your-seat adult entertainment set to a rollicking soundtrack from a frenetic live band. Direct from Canada, Cirque Alfonse is famed for shows that explore the edges of contemporary circus. Barbu creates a strange and wonderful world, straddling old traditions with a modern edge, delivering straight-up adult entertainment – a wildly exuberant night out at the circus. 

Cirque Alfonse’s blend of arts and circus techniques is rooted in the traditions of their Québec home. The company was founded in 2014 by the Carabinier Lepine family and acrobats who have performed with some of the world’s renowned “nouveau cirque” companies, including Les 7 doigts de la main, Cirque du Soleil, Cirkus Cirkör and many others. The company has toured across the USA as well as to Europe, Australia and Asia.

Adult Circus/Burlesque
Sunday, January 6 & Monday, January 7

Briefs: The Second Coming, an American premiere, is a madcap, all-male, gender-bending cabaret – a heart-stopping blend of burlesque, Australian machismo and punkish swagger. Its cast of six Aussies and one New Yorker are powered by a fierce energy as they mix up a potent blend of drag, glamour and athleticism, infused with dancing, tumbling, juggling, acro- balancing, trapeze, hula hooping, lip syncing, sequins, feathers and frocks.

Briefs Factory is an internationally recognized independent artist and producer’s collective dedicated to developing and presenting bold, contemporary and inspiring collaborative work. The company established themselves as a leader on the cabaret and circus world stage following the success of their flagship show Briefs, which took Edinburgh Fringe by storm in 2011. Their second show, Briefs: The Second Coming, won Best Circus at Perth Fringe in 2013 and 2014; sold out consecutive runs in London, Perth, Adelaide and Edinburgh Festival; and won two Green Room Awards in 2015. Briefs Factory’s other award- winning works include Hot Brown Honey, Club Briefs and Briefs: Close Encounters.  

Wednesday, January 23 – Sunday, February 3

“The most remarkable achievement in theater not only of this year but also of this decade.”  –  Brantley, NY Times

Gatz, the critically lauded performance of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, was last seen in New York in 2012. Created by Obie-winning ensemble Elevator Repair Service, this multi-award-winning play, with a cast of thirteen, is a theatrical tour de force — not just a retelling of the Gatsby story but a thoroughly entertaining dramatization of the entire novel, word for word.

Gatz will be presented as a marathon event, running eight hours long including two intermissions and a dinner break.

Elevator Repair Service, based in NYC, has been making original theater since 1991. Under the direction of Artistic Director John Collins, ERS has achieved national and international recognition with its extensive body of work and has influenced a generation of theater-makers. The company’s performances have been presented in Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and across the United States, and have been recognized with numerous awards.   

Thursday, February 14 – Saturday, February 16

Adam, a North American premiere, is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man, born in Egypt. Trapped in a deeply conservative society where falling in love with the wrong person can get you killed, he had to escape. He typed this question into his laptop: “Can the soul of a man be trapped in the body of a woman?” What followed was beyond his wildest dreams. Adam features a score sung by a virtual choir of trans and non-binary individuals from across the world who are projected onto the stage. It is both a bold exploration of the experience of a young transgender person and an ambitious experiment with theatrical form, blending storytelling, classical composition and mass digital elements from participants from around the globe.

The National Theatre of Scotland is dedicated to playing the great stages, arts centers, village halls, schools and site-specific locations of Scotland, the UK and internationally. As well as creating ground-breaking productions and working with the most talented theatre-makers, the company produces significant community engagement projects, innovates digitally and works constantly to develop new talent. Founded in 2006, the company has become a globally significant theatrical player, with an extensive repertoire of award-winning work. The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.  

Thursday, March 7 – Saturday, March 9

“The entire audience came out of the performance with a smile on their face, and at the same time had their stomach in knots. It was completely incredible.”RTBF radio

Five Easy Pieces, a North American premiere, probes the limits of what children know, feel, and do, as seven children present the story of notorious Belgium child killer Marc Dutroux. Swiss director Milo Rau and his International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) explore aesthetic and theatrical questions that blend together with moral issues: How can children understand the significance of narrative, empathy, loss, subjection, old age, disappointment, or rebellion? How do we react if we see them acting out scenes of violence or love and romance? What does that say about our own fears and desires? Five Easy Pieces will be presented in Flemish, with English supertitles.

Milo Rau, a Swiss theater and film director, journalist, essayist, and lecturer, founded the theatre and film production company International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) which he has been running ever since. His productions, campaigns and films have been invited to some of the biggest national and international festivals. The Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique recently named him “one of Europe’s most sought-after directors,” with the German weekly Der Freitag describing him “as the most controversial theatre director of his generation.”,

Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 6

Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director of A.I.M., is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, a 2015 City Center Choreographer in residence, and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. A.I.M. (formerly Abraham In Motion) was born in hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts. Abraham’s work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual.

Thursday, April 11- Sunday, April 14

Stephen Petronio Company presents its most ambitious season of Bloodlines, a five-year autobiographical project that not only honors the lineage of American postmodern dance, but also traces the influences and impulses that have shaped choreographer Stephen Petronio, an artist uniquely positioned to preserve this postmodern tradition. The program includes a world premiere by Petronio alongside works by postmodern masters. To date, the company has restaged works by Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Anna Halprin, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Stephen Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation. New music, visual art and fashion collide in his dances, producing powerfully modern landscapes for the senses. Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 26 countries throughout the world, including over 35 New York City engagements.

April 19 and 20

Hot Brown Honey, an American premiere, packs a potent punch of Hip Hop politics, dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease and song and featuring a bevy of powerful and talented First Nations women from Aboriginal Australian, Samoan, Tongan, Indonesian and South African backgrounds. With their own brand of fierceness, these sexy, sassy, stylish six women boldly shatter preconceptions in an explosion of color, culture and controversy.

Set in a dazzling beehive with lighting, music and costume to rival Beyoncé at Madison Square Garden, Hot Brown Honey goes above and beyond all expectations as it pushes boundaries and defies labels. It is equal parts theatrical spectacular and social activism, presented by Australia’s infamous Briefs Factory. Hot Brown Honey won the Edinburgh Fringe’s prestigious Total Theatre Award in 2016.

Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4

Merce Cunningham is widely considered one of the most important choreographers of all time. Throughout his 70-year career, he continued to innovate, helping to drive the evolution of the American avant-garde and expanding the frontiers of contemporary visual and performance. His collaborations with artists from every creative discipline yielded an unparalleled body of American dance, music, and visual art.

As a part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial festivities throughout 2019, NYU Skirball will present In Conversation with Merce, a celebration of Merce Cunningham’s legacy through world premiere commissions of contemporary artists. In Conversation with Merce aims to engage the public in theoretical, practical and experiential approaches to examining Merce’s cultural and artistic contribution. Rashaun Mitchell, a former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancer and a Trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust, is curating this program. Netta Yerushalmy, Moriah Evans, and Mina Nishimura will each present responsive works that draw connections of lineage to the celebrated choreographer.



Skirball Talks, a free Monday night speaker series, launches its second season with compelling and challenging thought leaders from the worlds of the arts, humanities, entertainment, media and politics. The inaugural season featured luminaries including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Judith Butler, Tony Kushner, Lisa Kron, April Ryan, Reverend William Barber, and more.


Presentations are enhanced by free pre-and post-show discussions and special events, drawing on the expertise of NYU’s renowned faculty and educational resources, along with online resources including video interviews, suggested readings and contextual materials for all performances. The events are designed to provide context and allow audiences to interact with the artists, reflecting NYU’s commitment to education in, and through, the performing arts.


National Theatre Live returns to NYU Skirball with screenings of acclaimed broadcasts. Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of over 5 million people at 2000 venues in 50 countries.



Tickets will be on sale to members on June 11 and to the public on June 26. For complete scheduling, dates and times, visit NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.


NYU Skirball, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of New York City’s major presenters of international work, and has been the premier venue for cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan since 2003. The 80-seat theater, led by Director Jay Wegman, provides a home for internationally renowned artists, innovators and thinkers. NYU Skirball hosts over 300 events annually, from re-inventions of the classics to cutting-edge premieres, in genres ranging from dance, theater and performance arts to comedy, music and film.

NYU Skirball’s unique partnership with New York University enables it to draw on the University’s intellectual riches and resources to enhance its programming with dialogues, public forums and conversations with artists, philosophers, scientists, Nobel Laureates and journalists.

Jay Wegman is responsible for the direction and leadership of NYU Skirball’s artistic programming. He previously served as director of the Abrons Art Center at Henry Street Settlement from 2006-2016, where he curated a balance of local, international, emerging and established multi-disciplinary artists. During his tenure, Abrons was awarded a 2014 OBIE Award for Innovative Excellence and a 2015 Bessie Award for Best Production. He also served as Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine for over a decade and was a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. from 2004-2005. Jay is a graduate of Yale University.

NYU Skirball’s performance season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional generous support provided by the FACE Foundation, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and the New England Foundation for Dance, as well as many local NYU Skirball Business Partners, Patron Circle patrons and NYU Skirball Members.

Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M to West 4th St.; R & W to 8th Street; 6 to Astor Place.

Programs, artists and ticket prices are subject to change.


2017-18 Season by Genre


On Your Marx: Karl Marx Festival October 17 – 28
Ivo Dimchev: P Project October 17
luciana achugar: Labor Brujx October 19 & 20
Slavoj Žižek (Skirball Talks) October 22
Let Us Eat Cake: Dance Party October 24
My Barbarian: Non-Western October 26 & 27
Ethan Philbrick: Choral Marx October 28



Forced Entertainment: And on the Thousandth Night… September 8
Forced Entertainment: Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare September 11-16
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: The Analogy Trilogy September 22
Jan Fabre:  Mount Olympus: To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy November 10 – 11
Elevator Repair Service: Gatz January 23-February 3



Forced Entertainment: And on the Thousandth Night… September 8
Forced Entertainment: Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare September 11-16
Ivo Dimchev: P Project October 17
My Barbarian: Non-Western October 26 & 27
Jan Fabre:  Mount Olympus :To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy November 10 – 11
Cirque Alfonse: BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret January 3 & 4
Briefs: The Second Coming January 6 & 7
Elevator Repair Service: Gatz January 23 – February 3
National Theatre of Scotland: Adam February 14-16
Milo Rau: Five Easy Pieces March 7 & 8
Hot Brown Honey April 19 & 20



Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: The Analogy Trilogy September 22 & 23
Boris Charmatz: 10,000 Gestures September 27 & 28
Tere O’Connor: Long Run October 12 & 13
luciana achugar: Labor Brujx October 19 & 20
Dance Heginbotham: Fantasque November 16 & 17
Kyle Abraham: Live! The Realest MC March 15 & 16
Stephen Petronio Dance: Bloodlines April 11 – 14
In Conversation with Merce May 13 & 4



Cirque Alfonse: BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret January 3 & 4
Briefs: The Second Coming January 6 & 7
Hot Brown Honey April 19 & 20



Ivo Dimchev: P Project October 17
My Barbarian: Non-Western October 26 & 27
Ethan Philbrick: Choral Marx October 28



Briefs: The Second Coming January 6 & 7
National Theatre of Scotland: Adam February 14-16
Kyle Abraham: Live! The Realest MC March 15 & 16
Stephen Petronio Dance: Bloodlines April 11 – 14
In Conversation with Merce May 13 & 4
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Sat, Sep 8 @ 11:59pm

Forced Entertainment: Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare | SEP 11-16
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: The Analogy Trilogy | SEP 22+23
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Boris Charmatz: 10,000 Gestures | SEP 27+28
On Your Marx: Karl Marx Festival | OCT 17-18
Jan Fabre: Mount Olympus: To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy | NOV 10-11
John Heginbotham:Fantasque
John Heginbotham Dance: Fantasque | NOV 16+17
Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ
Cirque Alfonse: Barbu | JAN 3+4
Photo Credit: Idil Sukan/Draw HQ
Briefs: The Second Coming | JAN 6+7
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Elevator Repair Service: Gatz | JAN 23-FEB 3
Photo Credit: Mark Barton
National Theatre of Scotland: Adam | FEB 14-16
Hot Brown Honey | MAR 28 + 30
Photo Credit: Dylan Evans
Milo Rau: Five Easy Pieces | MAR 7+8
Photo Credit: Phile Deprez